The Western Regional Coordinating Council under the leadership of Honorable Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah conceived the idea of digitizing the operations of the Environmental Health Departments in the 14 Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies in the Western Region of Ghana.

This led to the development of a mobile and web application titled, E-TANKAS, a short form for the Electronic Town Council to transform the work of the environmental health work from the manual way of managing and reporting waste nuisance in society into the electronic platform.

This software is intended to automate environmental health administration by the local assemblies across the fourteen Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies in the Western Region of Ghana. The purpose of this software is to help track environmental health issues confronting various communities within the districts and the region at large. In addition, the software will help in tracking offenders who breach the sanitation laws on environmental health as well as serve as a revenue mobilization tool that will alleviate leakages from fines and fees charged by the environmental health department.

Upon successful completion of a prototype version of the E-Tankas, the Hon. Regional Minister through the Chief Director sanctioned the piloting of the system across three selected Districts in the Region, after taking into account the proximity and efficiency, Shama, Effia kwasimintsim, and the Wassa East Assemblies were selected for the piloting exercise.

The exercise took place within these three Municipal and District Assemblies within a period of 3 days. A team from the system vendors from Accra came to add to the team from the Western Regional Council, under the leadership of Mr. Daniel Adom from the Regional Environmental Health Unit and Mr. Bismark Amoah, from the Management Information Systems Unit and other staff to embark on the 3 days piloting of the Project.

Our first point of call in each of the districts was either the Chief Executive or the Coordinating Director, the Municipal/District Environmental Health Officer(s), and the Management Information Systems Officer.

After short briefings to Management members in each of the three Assemblies we visited, the team set to the grounds with the field officers to use the application in order to appreciate how the system aligns with their traditional ways of administering their operations on the field.

Surprisingly, the team accosted a number of the community members who were in the process of violating the rules already, the field officers used the application to capture some of them, and warnings were sanctioned to them to desist from those acts since the main implementation will not spare them anymore when they are caught again.

An example of such nuisance was a young lady of about twenty-three (23) years of age who was seen engaging in open defecation at Aboadze in the Shama District, again at Wassa East in Daboase a certain community was seen very dirty with their waste dustbin site left unattended to and the whole community left malodorously, the system was used to capture the offenders by one of the field officers where the offender was cautioned to desist from such acts since they will be prosecuted in the coming days when the systems get to the final implementation by the District Environmental Health Unit.

caught engaging in open defecation

Among other offenses that were captured on the field trip, in  Effiakwasimintsim around Effiakuma No.9, a household was seen in a very untidy manner which the system would have facilitated their arrest and fine if it was the main administration, their offenses and the location was

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The Hon. Regional Minister is pro-business, believes in sustainable development and is a lead advocate for the oil and gas local content in the parliament of Ghana. He is an experienced politician and business development advocate.

The Hon. Regional Minister as a student of Mfantsipim School, he produced the first science magazine of the school in 1993.

He holds a BSc(Hons) Biochemistry degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science and Technology(Ghana) and a Master of Arts degree in Democracy,
Governance, Law and Development from the University of Cape Coast(Ghana). In
2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree (DL Honoris Causa) by AIUCC,
Missouri USA.

Joining Parliament in 2009 till date he has served on many Parliamentary Committees and
delegations including Foreign Affairs, Roads and Transport, Education and Subsidiary
Legislation Committee that developed the current local content law, LI 2204. Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah became a member of the 2016 New Patriotic Party Manifesto Committee on Energy and a member of the 2017
Government Transition Team on Energy.

He founded the IT Company, e-Base Africa Ltd with his elder brother and became the Managing Director in 2001. His leadership introduced broadband internet in the Western Region and KNUST Kumasi.

For his commitment and pragmatic leadership ethics, he still serves on the Boards of
Raybow International Hotel, ORPED International, Western Regional Coastal
Foundation (an Oil & Gas not-for-profit), Citizen Advisory Council and Students in
Free Enterprise of Takoradi Technical University.

His vision is to make the Western Region a model one hinged on three main pillars of:
i. Entrepreneurial Governance System,
ii. Enterprising Western Region, and
iii. working to achieve the thematic areas of the Sustainable Development Goals mainstreaming and empowering the Youth
He recently received the award of the most outstanding business leader of the year – Public Sector at the prestigious Ghana Business Standard awards 2019 and the Pan African Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development Centre in partnership with Dynasty Group – Qatar presented by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister of the State of Qatar.

She was the Member of Parliament for Tarkwa Nsuaem constituency from 2001 to 2016 for 4 terms. Whilst in Parliament, she became a Parliamentary Leader for 12 years as a Deputy Chief Majority and Minority Whips.

On issues of women empowerment, Mrs. Gifty Kusi has had a lot of training and experiences. She was the Chairperson of the Women’s Caucus in the Parliament of Ghana and the Convener of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians for Africa and the Africa Representative to the international Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians to conferences.

As a member of the Gender and Children Committee, she became the Ranking Member for the committee from 2012 to 2016.

She also attended the West African workshop on Women in Politics in Sierra Leone organized by Gender and Youth Division, Commonwealth Secretariat in London

Her training also took her to the United Nations Sessions of the Committee for the Status on Women (CSW) on three occasions at the New York Headquarters in New York, USA. She also attended the Committee On Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Conference in Geneva UN Office to defend the status of Ghanaian women.

She attended the session to defend the Child Rights of the Ghanaian Children in Geneva with the Minister of Gender and Children on two occasions.

She attended a 3-Month Internship Programme, at the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights and African Women Leadership course in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1999.

She served on the Committee on the Drafting of Affirmation Action Bill presently before Cabinet and also attended the session on African Commission On Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights held at the Gambia

She also attended a workshop to Review Laws on Female Genital Mutilation and to Advocate for Law Reform and on Early Childhood care and Development sponsored by Ghana Association of Women’s Welfare and the Ministry of Gender and Children all in Accra

She is a women activist who has presented papers at various conferences on energy, mining and women issues. She also served for 12 years on the Health Committee as a Vice Chairperson and as a member. She attended many conferences on health and the World Health Assembly by the WHO in 2014.

Mr. Ataogye is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Administrators and Management Consultants Ghana (2018); a Chartered Professional Administrator (ChPA) and a Chartered Management Consultant (CMC).

He was appointed into the Ghana Civil Service (and later the Local Government Service) in May 1990 and has been responsible for the management of the Assemblies’ and the RCC’s Human, Material and Financial Resources; superintending their operations/management, planning co-ordination, resource mobilization as well as service delivery and project implementation.


Mr. Ataogye has a: “let’s fix it” attitude – a true problem solver. He demonstrates strategic and transformational leadership. He is an experienced Administrator / Co-ordinating Director of high repute and is very affable with effective communication and negotiation skills.


Mr. Ataogye, as a student of Nandom Secondary School (1980-1982) and Notre Dame Seminary Secondary School, Navrongo (1975-1980) held the post of House Prefect in both schools.


He holds a BSc(Hons) Administration (Management) from the University of Ghana, Legon and a Master of Governance and Leadership (MGL) from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He also has to his credit, certificates from GIMPA for the Chief Executive Programme, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Post Graduate Certificate in Public Administration.


National Service Assignment

Mr. Michael B. Ataogye fulfilled his National Service obligations at the Navrongo Secondary School (1983/84), where he taught French and Economics and later in 1989 at the Asutifi South District assembly, Kenyasi in the Brong Ahafo Region.



In 2005, he was awarded the Best Senior Staff for Good Human Relations, Staff Motivation and Initiative; and for Leadership provided for the Landscaping and Beautification of the Asante Akim South District Assembly Grounds at Juaso.


He was commended by the Head of Civil Service for Good 2004 Annual Administrative Performance and Reporting (Asante Akim South District Assembly, Juaso).


He was also commended by the Civil Service Council for Excellent Performance in the Execution of the 1999 Performance Agreement of District Co-ordinating Directors (Aowin Suaman District Assembly, Enchi).


Additional Assignment

Mr. Ataogye served as a member of the Management/ Governing Board of Kumasi Rattray Park (June 2015-December 2016) and a member of the Governing Board of Prempeh College, Kumasi (Feb 2015-Feb 2019).


For his commitment, innovative and pragmatic leadership as well as ethical conduct, he served on the Boards of the following institutions;


He was the Chairman for the Social Committee on the Resettlement of Atuabo Community near Tarkwa (1996-1997) and Chairman for Ejura-Sekyedumase Mutual Health Insurance Scheme (Jan,2009-Nov,2019).


Training/Career Development Courses and Seminars attended

Among the several training courses, seminars and workshops attended are the following:


Thesis and Dissertations presented

Mr. Michael B. Ataogye researched and worked on the following topics;